April 2012 News Headlines

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Badminton Horse Trial cancelled
Due to exceptional rain across the UK during April the Badminton Horse Trials has had to be cancelled. With further rain forecast this week the decision has been taken to cancel the event.

30 April, 2012  •  Badminton Horse Trials  •  Full story

William Fox-Pitt wins Kentucky 3 day event
William Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk has won the Rolex Kentucky 3 day event. As the combination won Burghley last year, and with Badminton cancelled, there is the prospect of the same horse and rider winning the Rolex Grand Slam.

29 April, 2012  •  Rolex Kentucky 3 day event  •  Full story

Volunteer and get free Badminton tickets
Volunteer for a few hours to help raise funds for GB's international equestrian teams and you can get free admission to the Badminton Horse Trials for the whole of that day. All you need to do is ask spectators for donations. Email Jodie Maile at jodievm@aol.co.uk to volunteer.

25 April, 2012  •  British Eventing  •  Full story

Mare rescued from Aylesbury canal
Firefighters, aided by the RSPCA, rescued a mare from the Grand Union Canal after she tried to get a drink. The low water level meant that she had to go down a steep back but couldn't get back up. A headcollar was put on the mare and she was coaxed along the canal to where she could climb out.

24 April, 2012  •  Bucks Herald  •  Full story

Showjumper Unbelievable Darco dies aged 15
Unbelievable Darco, former Foxhunter champion and popular stallion, was put down yesterday following a bout of colic. Tributes have been flowing in to the Brendon Stud's Facebook page. A limited amount of semen is still available from this son of Darco.

24 April, 2012  •  HorseMart  •  Full story •  Brendon Stud Facebook page

Another painted racehorse makes his debut
Angrove Rumbaba, one of 3 painted (skewbald) racehorses in the UK, made his race debut today. Finishing fourth, Angrove Rumbaba (or 'Rummy' as he's known) did better than Modern Society, another painted horse, who finished last in his first race earlier this month.

23 April, 2012  •  Horse & Country TV  •  Full story

Help a Shetland pony loose weight
World Horse Welfare has seven Shetlands at their centre in Snetterton, Norfolk that need exercising to help keep their weight down this summer. The ponies are too small for the horse walker (they can get under the partitions) so WHW is looking for volunteers to walk them.

21 April, 2012  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story

Mary King charity course walk at Badminton
Want to join Mary King on a Badminton course walk in aid of the Child Brain Injury Trust? Learn about cross-country riding from one of the best in the sport. The walk lasts approximately 2.5 hours and you must pledge sponsorship of at least £40 in order to take part.

20 April, 2012  •  Your Horse  •  Full story

Should a broken leg be a death sentence?
A horse with a broken leg is usually put down. This may seem like a callous, economic decision but the sheer weight of a horse makes healing a broken leg extremely difficult. Often the bone is not just snapped but shattered. If the bone can be repaired, bearing additional weight on the other legs can create more problems.

16 April, 2012  •  The Guardian  •  Full story

Take part in the equine biobank survey
Using samples and data from biobanks, researchers can identify the genetic and environmental factors associated with risk of certain diseases - so should one be created in the UK? Have your say on whether it is necessary, who should pay, and whether you would allow samples from your horse to be used.

15 April, 2012  •  British Equestrian Federation  •  Full story & survey

Grey wins Grand National for first time in over 50 years
Modern Society - racehorse Neptune Collonges won the Grand National in a thrilling photo finish from Sunnyhillboy. The last grey to win the race was Nicolaus Silver in 1961. It was an emotional win for owner John Hales whose brilliant grey One Man died at Aintree several years ago. Sadly the race was marred by the death of two horses - Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised and According To Pete. Neptune Collonges will now be retired.

15 April, 2012  •  Mirror & Country Channel  •  Full story

Mare and foal rescued by RSPCA
RSPCA inspectors were alerted by a member of the public that a mare with a foal was collapsed on marshland in the Gower, South Wales. The mare was found to have a hind foot caught in her mare so was unable to stand. Without the RSPCA's intervention mare and foal would undoubtedly have died in this remote location.

13 April, 2012  •  Horse & Hound  •  All videos

Zebra showjump at Blenheim
Nine-year-old Ellen Coles designed a zebra showjump to be used at the Blenheim Horse Trials in September. Winner of the 'Design a Show Jump' competition, Ellen watched eventer Micheal Jackson try out the new fence when it was unveiled this week at Blenheim Palace.

13 April, 2012  •  Blenheim Palace  •  Full story

Horse rescued in Florida gives birth
Connie, a 20-year-old quarter horse and one of 11 horses rescued by South Florida SPCA in March, has given birth to a healthy colt. The horses, found in an emaciated condition, are thought to be either abandoned or due to be illegaly slaughtered. The colt has been named Little Champ.

13 April, 2012  •  Horse Talk  •  Full story

US eventer Amy Tryon dies aged 42
Amy Tryon died in her sleep today. She represented the US in eventing numerous times, including winning team bronze in the 2004 Olympics. After working full time as a firefighter, she turned professional in 2006 and won individual bronze at WEG that year.

12 April, 2012  •  Chronicle of the Horse  •  Full story

17th consecutive win for Big Buck's
Big Buck's won the Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree today, setting a new record for the number of consecutive wins by a National Hunt horse. His 17 wins beat the record set in the 1950s by Sir Ken. The 9-year old gelding is trained by Paul Nicholls and was ridden in 15 of his 17 victories by Ruby Walsh.

12 April, 2012  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story

Videos from 1981 Horse of the Year Show
Videos of the jump off for Leading Show Jumper of the Year in 1981, including rounds by John Whitaker, David Broome, Malcolm Pyrah, Sally Mapleson, Liz Edgar, Caroline Bradley, Lesley McNaught and (shown below) Nick Skelton.

10 April, 2012  •  Show Jumping Nostalgia  •  All videos

Testing equine embryos for genetic disorders
Texas A&M University can now test for genetic disrders and fetal sex just 7 days after a mare has been breed. The embryo is 'flushed' from the mare, a few cells taken for testing, then the embryo is transferred back to the mare. The test is 97% accurate and taking the biopsy does not affect the pregnancy.

09 April, 2012  •  The Horse  •  Full story

Effects of UK hosepipe ban on horse owners
A hosepipe ban came into effect yesterday in many parts of the UK. Although horse owners should try to conserve water, the welfare of the horse is the primary consideration. Hoses pipes can still be used for the 'cleaning, maintenance and general well-being' of any animal.

06 April, 2012  •  Horse & Hound  •  Full story

Wood shaving consumption in horses
Wood shavings are generally considered to be inedible so are often used as bedding when a horse in on a restriced diet to lose weight. However a study has shown that a hungry horse will it shavings. Horses should be monitored to see if they start to eat the bedding, in which case they may need to be put on rubber matting.

06 April, 2012  •  The Horse  •  Full story

Painted racehorse to run at Kempton
Modern Society - racehorse Modern Society, one of only 2 coloured Thoroughbred racehorses registered in the UK is due to run for the first time at Kempton Park on Saturday. The unusual colour is offically 'painted', although skewbald is the more usual term in the UK.

05 April, 2012  •  Horse & Country Channel  •  Full story

Monty Roberts helps military veterans
Monty Roberts is using horse therapy to help military veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Monty is running 3-day 'Horses for Veterans' courses at his California Farm.

05 April, 2012  •  Brandt's Government Press Releases  •  Full story •  Monty Roberts

Former William Fox-Pitt ride Stunning dies
Stunning, formerly evented by Wiliam Fox-Pitt, has been put down at the age of 26. Amongst his achievements were a European team gold medal, British open championship and winner of Blenheim. He was retired in 2004 and gifted to William's head girl who hunted him.

04 April, 2012  •  William Fox-Pitt  •  Full story